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Hogging the Wealth

alex.qxd Harold Henderson’s article “Money Hogs” (May 2) was a great addition to the growing number of articles on corporate hog factories. Chicagoans are gradually learning what’s happening 200 miles to the south of them, and what this industry looks like. The corporatized wealthy taking over rural America is not new. It’s been going on […]

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Diversey Harbor Defense

donnary.qxd Dear editor, I would like to add a few comments on the article regarding the changes made at Diversey Harbor [“Ships of Fools?” May 9]. As was pointed out, these changes have been discussed for over two years now. The harbor in its old condition caused many of the problems Ms. Breckenridge addressed. The […]

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Denny Zeitlin & David Friesen

DENNY ZEITLIN & DAVID FRIESEN Denny Zeitlin leads a Jekyll-and-Hyde life–psychiatrist by day, jazz pianist and composer by night–and when it comes to noting the parallels between personae, I’m powerless to resist. Zeitlin’s music is mentally agile, makes subtle suggestions, and succeeds through analysis; the ideas almost always arise from and reflect upon earlier statements. […]

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Below the Belt

Below the belt, Frump Tucker Theatre Company, at the Athenaeum Theatre. Richard Dresser has a savage eye, and I love him for it. No other living playwright captures quite so well the hopelessness and desperation that lies just below the surface of contemporary American life. In Below the Belt Dresser turns his caustic eye on […]

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City File

Corporate strangeness. When Com Ed encourages customers to sign up for its automatic bill-payment plan, the envelope lists all the things you might do with the time you save not writing a check: “Watch a musical. Take skiing lessons. Climb a hill. Start a fire.” Pity the poor suburbanites. Madeleine Doubek, political editor of the […]

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Easley Blackwood

EASLEY BLACKWOOD It was at an Easley Blackwood recital in the early 80s that I was won over to Ives’s Concord Sonata, that massive, daunting, naively avant-garde statement by the Yankee iconoclast. Blackwood’s performance (now available on the Cedille label) brought coherence to the Concord’s seemingly stream-of-consciousness outpourings, underscored its sly humor, and suffused it […]

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Straight Dope

Why does the U.S. dollar bill have the image of a pyramid with an eye in the capstone? Someone told me that it has something to do with a shadow society that secretly rules the country. If they’re so secret why would they be so obvious about their insignia? I want the straight dope–that is, […]

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Out of Spite:Tales of Survival in Sarajevo

OUT OF SPITE: Tales of survival in sarajevo, Stage Left Theatre. The diary format, with its inherently discursive structure, isn’t particularly well suited to drama, but this collection of letters and journal entries by Elma Softic, a journalist and philosophy instructor, effectively demonstrates the quotidian struggles of those living under siege in Sarajevo. Adapted from […]

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Home

Home, Cook County Theatre Department. An eerie glow and a pixielike voice emanate from a toilet bowl, asking two sisters to look for a lost “tiny-tiny” dog. A fisherman recites an exhaustive list of fish, asking the girls which they prefer. Later the sisters recall a roadside freak show featuring the “smallest woman in the […]